On the 12th November 2019 The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas performed a concert at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington to a very appreciative audience in aid of the Gurkha Welfare Trust.
This was the 19th year that the Band had performed in Darlington, and along the way helping to raise thousands of pounds for the Gurkha Welfare Trust. The concert also featured the Pipes and Drums from the Royal Gurkha Rifles and the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment.
The concert featured a range of music from traditional military music to music from films and shows including; The Greatest Showman, Out of Africa and Sky Fall. It also gave the band the chance to perform with the Pipes and Drums on a number of pieces of music including; Last of the Great Whales, by Chris Attrill (a former director of Music of the Corps of Army Music) and the very famous Highland Cathedral by Michael Korb. The Concert also featured the Hill Boys traditional music band and dancers and the now famous Kukri dance.
The Director of Music, Captain Shane O’Neill said; ‘It is a pleasure to perform at this venue and it is important for the Gurkhas in the band to be supporting the Gurkha Welfare Trust, as the trust supports many of their relatives, friends and Gurkha veterans in Nepal so the charity is close to their hearts’.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust provides vital support to Gurkha veterans, their families and communities in Nepal. They enable people to live with dignity by delivering essential financial and medical aid and work with local communities to provide access to clean water and education.
The Band closed the concert with the traditional Brigade of Gurkhas March, Yo Nepali, with the audience applauding a great concert and performance.
After the concert some of the audience came over and personally thanked members of the band for a great evening of musical entertainment.